The Context of Romeo and Juliet Flashcards

How does the feud between the Capulets and Montagues reflect the Elizabethan era?

The feud mirrors the religious conflicts between Catholics and Protestants during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign.

What was the practice of courtly love in the Elizabethan era?

Courtly love was a passionate yet non-physical romantic expression, where men worshipped women from afar. Romeo’s initial infatuation with Rosaline is an example of this.

How were marriages typically arranged in the Elizabethan era?

Marriages were often arranged by wealthy fathers for strategic alliances to improve family standing. Love was not a primary factor in these marriages.

How does Juliet defy gender roles in the Elizabethan society?

Juliet showcases a strong will, rationality, and defiance by refusing her arranged marriage with Paris, challenging the expectation for women to be obedient and submissive.

How is Romeo’s character a challenge to Elizabethan male stereotypes?

Romeo is more peaceful and sensitive compared to his peers, attracting criticism for his emotional nature, which was seen as feminine in Elizabethan society.

What does the term “star-cross’d lovers” signify in the context of the play?

It signifies the belief in astrology and fate, suggesting that Romeo and Juliet’s destinies are sealed from the start by celestial entities.

How do Romeo and Juliet challenge the Great Chain of Being?

They break the hierarchical system by choosing love over duty, with Juliet defying her father’s wish to marry Paris, challenging societal norms.

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